Betsy’s just like any other billionaire wife. She spends much of time looking after her family, supporting her husband’s career, and leading a life of her own all at the same time. Much of her time is spent contributing to charitable causes that she has a passion for.
Although her life may seem mundane, Betsy DeVos is quite active on a daily basis. In recent months, she’s become quite political alongside her husband. When she isn’t supporting a political cause, she’s donating her time and efforts to conservative and Christian-based charities. Betsy has strong and passionate beliefs that revolve around her religious spirit.
Among some of her other charitable passions is education. The billionaire couple spends tens of millions on charitable causes a year. In 2015, Betsy and her husband donated over $10 million to various organizations. They even pledge additional millions to be paid out as grants for years to come.
Betsy’s loves of further education and helping young students everywhere strive to be more than the previous generation burns nearly as bright as her religious beliefs. The Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation donated $400,000 of funding to Campbell Brown’s Loudspeaker Media Inc. The foundation also donated an additional $400,000 to Brown’s nonprofit organization, The Partnership for Educational Justice.
The DeVos family also gave funding to the Success Academy Charter Schools in 2015. They donated $150,000 and pledged to donate an additional $150,000 to be paid out in future payments. Eva Moskowitz, founder of the New York City charter school chain has repeated commented on how appreciative she is to the DeVos family for their contributions.
In the case of The Potter’s House, Betsy love of religion and education combined as she and her husband donated $200,000 to a Christian school in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Betsy, a native of Michigan, often talks about how her visit to the school a few decades ago sparked her interest in school choice advocacy. Something that Betsy believes in wholeheartedly is the parental right to choice what school our children can attend. Her parents made the choice for her, and she wants to protect the right for other parents to do the same.
Her passion for school choice burns like wildfire. Along with her husband, she gave $100,000 to Alliance for School Choice, a nonprofit that works closely with American Federation for Children. She once sat on the board of the organization but stepped down to pursue other charitable endeavors. She also gave $750,000 to the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy. She also works closely with the Institute for Justice, which has handled hundreds of school choice lawsuits. Follow Betsy on Twitter.